Pennsylvania Investing $2.2 Million in Youth Re-Entry Programs

Department of Labor and Industry

PENNSYLVANIA — Labor & Industry Acting Secretary Nancy Walker recently announced the availability of approximately $2.2 million to support youth re-entry programs that prepare young Pennsylvanians for employment or post-secondary education and aim to reduce the 64% recidivism rate in Pennsylvania.

“Youth re-entry initiatives not only create a meaningful support system for young Pennsylvanians but also offer academic and job training opportunities they need to be self-sufficient and succeed,” Walker said. “With this grant funding, we can help more young people overcome their challenges, positively contribute to their communities, and ultimately reach their fullest potential.”

This grant funding will be awarded to local workforce development boards – in partnership with Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system, PA CareerLink® offices, community organizations and academic programs – for programs to recruit, re-engage, and assist young adults ages 18-24 who were formerly incarcerated or have interacted with Pennsylvania’s judicial system. The programs will provide in-demand job training, re-entry support services, mentorship, higher education opportunities, and family-sustaining career pathways.

Starting today, L&I is soliciting applications from potential partners for grant funding up to $800,000. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2023. To view full details, visit L&I’s Workforce Development Grant Opportunities.

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